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Firestone Walker Lil Opal (Bourbon Barrel)

Firestone Walker Lil Opal (Bourbon Barrel)
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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.57/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
Small Belgian style wheat ale aged in bourbon barrels

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2013
(Draught) Pours a cloudy golden body with medium white head. Aroma of oak, vanilla, herbs, oak, mustiness, and grass. Flavor of vanilla, oak, pine, bourbon, wood, and herbs with a dry, bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (40811) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2012
From tap. Pours cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma is smooth malty and light spiced. Smooth fruity, light spiced and medium dry phenolic. Bitter and dry into the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (23333) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2011
Draft @ FoBAB 2009, Chicago, IL. Pours a clear golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity spicy slightly funky oak aroma. Sweetish malty spicy weak sour apples and woody bourbon flavor. Has a sweetish malty spicy woody tannic bourbon finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2011
In short: A bland vinous golden belgian ale
How: Tap at Extreme Beer Fest 2011
The look: Cloudy golden body topped by a beige ring of foam
In long: Aroma and taste had plenty of barrels but I would have guessed wine barrels, not bourbon barrels. The beer was quite vinous, some tannins, some fruits, a spicy notes. The beer had a lifeless body with a lack of carbonation. Being a Saison lover I was excited to try this beer since the base beer is a Saison. There is nothing even remotely Saison in the BA version. A beer I should not have drank. But drinking a lot of beer is good for the skin. I look so young, I still get carded by cops when I urinate in the middle of the street.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2011
Draft at EBF. Pours an amber body with a bubbly head. Splintery wood tones, light oak, little bourbon but not so much. Almost tastes more like a wine barrel. A hint of cherry, a bit thin, light peach notes. Nothing really came in any abundance in this session ale, but i enjoyed it nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Draft sample at FOBAB 2010. Pours a cloudy yellow-gold with a small eggshell white head. Notes of brett, earth, peppery spices, dust, musty funk, and basement. Light-bodied, with crisp carbonation and a light, earthy mouthfeel. Refreshing and light. A barrel aged beer at 4.1%, and a big surprise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (10213) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2010
Sampled from the tap at 2010 FOBAB. Poured a clear gold with a white head that dissipated slowly to the edges. Aroma had a spice note with a light grain and bread note. There was also a light floral note and some oak. Flavor began with floral notes and heavy spice with a bit of oak/ bourbon in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 8, 2009
FOBAB 2009 - pours a hazed yellow with a small cream head. wow. really light and refreshing. notes of brett, wood, dust, earth, mold, and earth funk. some spices. good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2009
FoBAB 2009 (thanks for the recommendation Mike): Hazy golden hue with a small fizzy head. The aroma has notes of pepper and herbal spice, sour apple, grains, and a hint of funk among the faint bourbon vapours. The taste is very acidic (grapes) at first with a continuous spicy yeasty component running throughout. Lightly oak influenced with tannic and toasty undertones. The mouth feel is light and lively, quite refreshing. A very sessionable beer that stood out for all the big arse beers of the day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 15, 2009
On tap at the Pizza Port Session Ale fest. Pours with a slightly hazed golden body with a small white head. Aroma is strongly oaky, with bourbon vanilla and light buttery notes, honey, light wheat and a tinge of sour. Taste is wheat, light citrus, oak-vanilla tannins, butter, bourbon and chardonnay grapes. Thin mouthfeel, but lively bubbles. Interesting little beer, and quite different than the regular Little Opal.

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